Executive Officer 

Clifton McEvoy, Executive Director (he/him)

Cliff benefited from similar peer-support services his entire life, especially after the loss of his father.  He has served in many nonprofit positions in Omaha to include program management and philanthropy as well as serving in the United States Air Force.  He is a proud Omahan, veteran, and dedicated nonprofit professional.  Cliff hopes that someday one of his three kids will say how they were instilled with the values of service and community like he was by his dad. 


Finance / Operations

Anica Marcum, Director of Operations (she/her)

The Collective for Hope has had a special place in Anica’s heart since 2009, when she was part of Ted E. Bear Hollow’s first Young Adults Group (YAG). From the moment she first started receiving services, she looked for opportunities to volunteer and join the staff. Often referred to as the agency’s glue, Anica’s rich background in customer service and financial processing has been a gift to the agency. She now coordinates a majority of the organization’s operations, including support services for the partner-tenants joining The Collective for Hope on its new campus. 



Sandy Lemen, Director of Programs (she/her)

Sandy Lemen joined The Collective for Hope in 2019 after the loss of her beloved nephew to suicide. She is also artist/maker of bereavement jewelry and gifts and you can find her on our maker-partner page. Her volunteerism, prior to joining The Collective for Hope’s team, included work in hospice and right here at The Collective for Hope. Sandy has a huge heart and a great talent for supporting the staff, contractors, and volunteers in her charge. You’ll find her managing the majority of the agency’s program contractors and volunteers, when she’s not curating/developing the agency’s Maker-Partner program and Gifts of Hope.


Marketing, Outreach, & Development

Abbey Loughman, Development and Marketing Manager (she/her)

In 2001, Abbey was part of one of the first Ted E. Bear Hollow summer day camps, after losing her mom. Although the years passed by, the memory of that group stuck with her throughout her life- which led her to our doors again as an adult eager to serve and support our mission. With her background in customer service and marketing management, she is bringing not only heart but experience with her to The Collective to continue the growth of the mission.


Administrative Coordinator

Wendy Hill, Administrative Coordinator (she/her)

Wendy first walked through the doors of The Collective For Hope, alongside her daughters in 2020 after the loss of her husband.
She now facilitates groups and is often the friendly voice on the other end of the line as the Adimistrative Assistant.
She’s fortunate to be here and finds great hope in The Collective For Hope community.


Program Contractors

Kristin Erickson, PhD, LIMHP, Self-Care Saturdays Coordinator

Wendy Hill, Adults Helping Adults Support Group Coordinator 

Tanya Shute-Kadey, Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group Coordinator

Rebecca Nichols, LMHP, Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group Coordinator


Zak Courtney and Zach Schaffer, Band of the Strong


Natalie Wallace/PJ Morgan Event Management